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Men’s tennis opens fall season at Princeton

Bearcats bolstered by three new recruits, will send four players to invitational this weekend

September 13, 2012


Men’s tennis opens fall season at Princeton

Princeton Invitational Results

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton men’s tennis begins its tournament-based fall season this weekend at the Princeton Farnsworth Invitational. Head coach Adam Cohen will send four individuals to the three-day event, held at the Lenz Tennis Center.

The format consists of six singles and three doubles flights and Binghamton is one of 14 teams competing. Also headed to Princeton are Boston College, Bucknell, Buffalo, Columbia, Cornell, FDU, Georgetown, Penn, Penn State, St. John’s, Wake Forest and Yale.

The Bearcats, winners of five consecutive America East championships, will have to replace the team’s top two singles players from last spring: conference MVP Alexandre Haggai and singles and doubles standout Ruben Devos. Cohen returns five letterwinners, including senior doubles specialist Bastian Bornkessel and reigning America East Rookie of the Year Ismael Dinia.

He also has three elite freshmen in the fold: Alexander Maisin (Overijse, Belgium), Eliott Hureau (Annecy, France) and Janik Burri (Hong Kong).

The four players traveling to Princeton will be sophomore Robin Lesage, sophomore Aswin Nambi, Maisin and Hureau.

Cohen uses the non-traditional fall schedule to gauge his lineup and is eager to see how several of his younger players stack up in a strong field at Princeton.

“The new guys have been working hard in practice thus far and I’m excited to watch a few of them compete this weekend,” Cohen said. “Alex (Maisin) is one of the top juniors for his age group back home in Belgium and I’m expecting that he will be instrumental in how our team does this season. He is athletic for a taller kid (6-foot-2) and hits the ball well from both sides. Eliott (Hureau) is also an athletic player who can play offensive. He likes to come forward, which is rare for a freshman. I expect Eliott to compete for one of our singles and doubles positions right away.”

Though not traveling this weekend, Burri will also be in the mix to contribute this season according to Cohen.

“Janik will also compete with our returning guys for a spot in our top-6,” he said. “He likes to dictate play with his forehand.”

Though the bulk of the team’s season doesn’t begin until January, Cohen knows the fall preparation and tournament play will be pivotal to the team’s spring success.

“We have six tournaments scheduled for the fall and I use the events as a means to watch our players compete against regional competition and furthermore, to see what we will need to work on individually over the fall and winter to be ready for our spring season,” he said.

Despite losing two elite players from last year’s conference championship squad, Cohen believes his 2012-13 team can create its own success and extend the program’s stranglehold on the America East crown.

“I think this team has the opportunity to do something special,” he said. “We are extremely young with only one senior and one junior on the roster, but I firmly believe we’ll be competing with the top teams in our region. If we continue to work hard in practice and in the gym, we should be a tough opponent to play this year.”

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